Next Gen Asia launches


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Rising young stars of Asia's media and entertainment business were honored Tuesday as members of The Hollywood Reporter's Next Generation Asia inaugural class.

Gathered around cocktails at the W Hong Kong in Kowloon, THR publisher Eric Mika and THR Asia editor Jonathan Landreth congratulated the 20 honorees from across the region -- all 35 years old or younger -- whose early career accomplishments recommended them to their elders and peers as future industry leaders.

Nielsen Entertainment Group senior vp Gerry Byrne and Hong Kong International Film Festival Society executive director Soo-wei Shaw also welcomed the honorees.

Those able to attend in the middle of a busy week of business included Lewis Kim from Next Media Works in Seoul; David Lee from Xinhua Media Entertainment in Beijing; Alvina Wong from Mandarin Films in Hong Kong; Grace Chen from William Morris Asia in Shanghai; and Chen Jie from Creative Artists Agency in Beijing. Also in attendance were Kiefer Sutherland and DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.

Accepting the honor for South Korea pop sensation BoA was S.M. Lee from SM Entertainment in Seoul.